Stanislav Golovin

Clarinet Faculty,The University of Akron

and CIM Preparatory Division

Emil Khudyev

Associate Principal Clarinet,

Seattle Symphony Orchestra


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Franklin Cohen

Principal Clarinet Emeritus,

The Cleveland Orchestra

Yehuda Gilad

Professor of Clarinet, Colburn School

and USC Thornton School of Music 

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Stephen Williamson

Principal Clarinet,

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Boris Allakhverdyan

Principal Clarinet,

Los Angeles Philharmonic

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Benjamin Lulich

Principal Clarinet,

Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Bethany Stone 

Student-Artist, The University of

Akron and UMKC Conservatory

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Eldar Hudiyev

Program Coordinator,

International Soloist and Educator

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Stanislav Golovin has performed as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Dr. Golovin is the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at The University of Akron School of Music. Stanislav is a Gold Medal winner of the prestigious Ima Hogg Houston Symphony Young Artist Competition. He has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony, CityMusic Cleveland, Blossom Festival Orchestra, Britt Festival Orchestra, Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra, and others. He has played under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, Hans Graf, John Williams, Manfred Honeck, David Robertson, Paavo Järvi, Lionel Bringuier, Giancarlo Guerrero, to name a few.

        Stanislav Golovin has won numerous awards and competitions, including the Darius Milhaud Performance Prize Competition, the Wagner College Young Artist Competition, the Tuesday Musical Scholarship Competition, National Young Artist Competition of Uzbekistan, International Jewish Young Artist Competition, the Fine Arts Award in Clarinet at Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition.

        Dr. Golovin is currently on faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Preparatory and Continuing Education Division. He has also taught at Interlochen Arts Academy. Dr. Golovin has presented masterclasses at University of Washington in Seattle, at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, the University of Iowa, the University of Missouri in Columbia, Kansas State University, and others. Dr. Golovin received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in clarinet performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. His primary teachers have included Franklin Cohen, Jane Carl and Nathan Williams.

        As a Buffet Crampon USA Artist/Clinician and Vandoren Performing Artist, Dr. Golovin performs exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets and Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces.

Emil Khudyev  joined Seattle Symphony as the Associate Principal Clarinetist in 2017. Prior to joining the Seattle Symphony, Emil has performed as the substitute player with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra. Emil Khudyev served as the instructor of clarinet at the Interlochen Arts Academy from 2014 to 2017. Prior to this position, he served as the acting Associate Principal/Second and E-flat Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony. Emil was named as the first prize winner of the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition.

       Emil has won numerous competitions and awards, including the Yale Chamber Music Society Competition, the Tuesday Music Club Competition the Yamaha International Competition, the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition, the Glenn Miller Competition, and the 2004 Detroit (Bohemian) Concerto Competition. Emil was the first clarinetist to win The Harvard Musical Association Foote Prize Award, and was also a recipient of the Yale School of Music’s Prestigious Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music.

       Emil participated at Tanglewood Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Colorado College Music Festival, International Clarinet Festival, Sarasota Music Festival and Interlochen Arts Camp. Emil has played under the world’s leading conductors including, Ricardo Muti, Herbert Blomstedt, Michael Tilson Thomas, Peter Oundjian, Kurt Masur, John Williams, Krzysztof Penderecki, to name a few.

       Born in 1986 in Turkmenistan Emil is the youngest of three siblings. Emil followed his older brothers’ steps and began his musical training. He attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, where studied with Nathan Williams. Emil received his Bachelor of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, his Master of Music degree at Yale University and his Artist Diploma at Colburn School. Emil’s teachers have included Franklin Cohen, David Shifrin and Yehuda Gilad.

Franklin Cohen has distinguished himself as one of the most outstanding clarinetists of his generation. His playing has been described as “hypnotic, impeccable, brilliant… with a vocal quality that would be the envy of any singer.” Cohen first gained international recognition and acclaim as the first clarinetist awarded First Prize at the 1968 (ARD) Munich International Music Competition. Since then, Mr. Cohen has enjoyed an illustrious career as soloist, recitalist, recording and chamber artist, pedagogue and celebrated orchestral principal.

        Appointed in 1976 with the Cleveland Orchestra, Franklin Cohen is the longest serving principal clarinetist and most frequent soloist in the Cleveland Orchestra’s history. Mr. Cohen has been the featured soloist in over 200 performances throughout the United States, Asia and Europe, appearing with Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kirill Petrenko and countless others. In 2015 Cohen was named Principal Clarinet Emeritus, an honor that was the first of its kind since the orchestra’s founding. Mr. Cohen’s Deutsche Grammophon recording of Debussy’s First Rhapsody for clarinet conducted by Pierre Boulez won two Grammy Awards in 1996.            His artistry has been a distinguished voice in the Cleveland Orchestra’s recorded legacy. Cohen has collaborated with many of the world’s leading artists including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Emanuel Ax, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler and Andras Schiff. He has also performed with the Guarneri, Takacs, Tokyo and Emerson string quartets.

        Franklin Cohen has chaired the Cleveland Institute of Music clarinet department since 1976, and many of his former students hold important positions throughout the music world. As a recitalist and chamber music performer, he has participated in the Aspen, Casals, Marlboro, and Santa Fe music festivals. 

        In 2012 Franklin Cohen and his daughter Diana co- founded Cleveland’s first international summer chamber music festival, the critically acclaimed ChamberFest Cleveland. Many of Mr. Cohen’s former students occupy prominent positions with leading orchestras and ensembles throughout the world.


Yehuda Gilad is one of the founding members of the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, Mr. Gilad serves as Music Director of the Colburn Orchestra and Professor of Clarinet for the Colburn Conservatory, the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, and the Colburn Music Academy. In addition, he is Professor of Clarinet at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. His students have achieved top honors in every premier international clarinet competition, and graduates of his studio hold positions in over 150 major orchestras worldwide, including the Cincinnati and Minnesota Orchestras; the New York, Los Angeles, Stockholm, Sweden, Hong Kong, China, and Seoul Philharmonics; San Francisco Opera; the Concertgebauw; and the Orquesta Nacional de España, to name a few. In 2012, he served as president of the jury for the Carl Nielsen 5th International Clarinet Competition in Odense, Denmark.

        Mr. Gilad is a recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, the Ramo Award, and USC’s highest honor for excellence in teaching. He was also named one of Musical America’s 2015 Professional Influencers of the Year.

        Mr. Gilad has performed at top music festivals worldwide, including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Crusell Music Festival, the San Francisco Chamber Music Festival, and Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West.

        Mr. Gilad has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Colburn Orchestra. In 1987 he became the first Israeli-born conductor to perform in China and has since conducted numerous engagements in Beijing and Shanghai.

Born and raised on a kibbutz in Israel, Gilad began his musical education at the age of 16. Following his conservatory studies, he emigrated to the United States to further his education. His former teachers include Giora Feidman, Mitchell Lurie, and Dr. Herbert Zipper.

Stephen Williamson is the principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, appointed in 2011 by Maestro Riccardo Muti. Mr. Williamson was formerly the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In addition, he has been a frequent guest principal clarinetist with the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in Japan under Seiji Ozawa.

Mr. Williamson is on faculty of DePaul University in Chicago. He has served on the clarinet faculty at Columbia University and the Mannes College of Music in NYC, as well as at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and the Domaine Forget International Music Festival in Québec.

        Mr. Williamson has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Jeffrey Kahane, Anne Marie McDermott and many others. He made his CSO solo debut with the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in 2016 under guest conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and performed the work on the Orchestra’s East and West Coast tours with music director Riccardo Muti.

        He received his bachelor’s degree and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and his master’s degree from the Juilliard School. As a Fulbright Scholar, he furthered his studies at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. His past teachers include Peter Rieckhoff, Charles Neidich, Kenneth Grant and Michael Webster. Mr. Williamson had won the Saunderson Award from the Coleman Chamber Music Competition; the 1997 New York Concert Artist Guild Competition Nathan Wedeen Award; and the Grand Prize in the 1st Annual Buffet Crampon North American Clarinet Competition in 1994. He was also the only American semi-finalist in both the 1993 and 1998 ARD International Music Competition for Clarinet.

        A long-time Selmer-Paris and Vandoren Artist, Mr. Williamson currently plays Selmer Signature clarinets and uses Vandoren traditional reeds with a James Pyne JX/BC mouthpiece. He resides in Wilmette, IL with his wife Jill, sons Ryan, Connor, Matthew and their dog Lila.


Boris Allakhverdyan was appointed Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016. He previously served as Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Associate Principal Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony. Mr. Allakhverdyan is a founding member of the Prima Trio, the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal winner of the prestigious 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

 The New York Times called his performance "inspired," "gorgeous" and "superlative," and the Los Angeles Times praised his "energetic, vibrant solos."

         Boris Allakhverdyan has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle, Bakersfield and Springfield Symphony orchestras as well as orchestras in Canada, Russia, Armenia and Kazakhstan. He has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy (Switzerland), the Mecklenburg-Vorpommen Festival (Germany), the Emilia Romagna Music Festival (Italy) as well as Mainly Mozart San Diego, Twickenham, Colorado and Britt Music Festivals. Mr. Allakhverdyan is a winner of Rimsky-Korsakov International Woodwind Competition, Hellam Concerto Competition, the Tuesday Musical and the Oberlin Concerto competitions.

         Boris Allakhverdyan serves on the faculty at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music as well as at California State University at Fullerton. He previously taught at Peabody Institute of Music, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Philadelphia International Music Festival and Interlochen Clarinet Institute in Michigan. He has given master classes at most prestigious schools in North and South Americas, Europe and Asia. 

An active chamber musician, Boris Allakhverdyan has performed in the MET Chamber Ensemble series at Carnegie Hall, at the Chicago Chamber Music Society, La Jolla Athenaeum, Dumbarton Oaks, the Dayton Art Institute, CityMusic Columbus, Da Camera Society, Fontana Chamber Arts, Cleveland Chamber Music Society and Shenzhen International Music Festival, to name a few. Boris Allakhverdyan performs exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets and Vandoren mouthpieces and reeds. 


Benjamin Lulich is the Principal Clarinet of the Seattle Symphony. He has held positions in Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Colorado Music Festival and Festival Mozaic, and has performed frequently with The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Symphony, IRIS Orchestra and many other ensembles.

        Additionally, Lulich is Principal Clarinet of the Sunriver Music Festival and has performed with the Hollywood Studio Orchestra on numerous films and records albums, including Water for Elephants, The Tourist, Monsters University, Godzilla, and the Oscar-winning score for Life of Pi. In 2013 he performed as Principal Clarinet for Yamaha’s 125th Anniversary Concert, which featured Elton John and many other performers; the concert was broadcast live to the world over the internet.

        Also interested in chamber music and new music, Lulich has been a guest artist for concerts throughout the United States and abroad. Lulich was a member of the Second Instrumental Unit, a contemporary music ensemble based in New York City, where he took part in a concert honoring Milton Babbitt at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. As a recitalist and soloist, he has performed at the International ClarinetFest and was featured as a soloist with Pacific Symphony and Sunriver Music Festival on several occasions. On New Year’s Eve 2013 he performed with Jeff Tyzik and Ko-ichiro Yamamoto and the Seattle Symphony in the Jelly Roll Morton Suite.

        The recipient of many awards and prizes, Lulich studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale School of Music, Pacific Music Festival and Music Academy of the West, and his teachers include Richard Hawkins, Franklin Cohen, David Shifrin, Fred Ormand and Laura DeLuca. He has been adjunct faculty at California State University Fullerton and has given masterclasses and coachings throughout Southern California and beyond.


Bethany Stone along with her family, moved to the United States in 2011 from the United Kingdom, where she was born and raised. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in clarinet performance from The University of Akron in May 2020. Upon her graduation, Bethany was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Woodwind Award that had been given to one student each year. Under the instruction of Dr. Stanislav Golovin, Bethany has had a multitude of opportunities that have helped her grow as a person and musician. She has performed in masterclasses for professional clarinetists: Boris Allakhverdyan, Franklin Cohen, Jonathan Cohler, Yao Guang Zhai, Jane Carl, and Mark Dover.

        During her time at The University of Akron, Bethany was a member of chamber groups such as: Shiva reed quintet, clarinet quartet, clarinet choir, and woodwind quintet. She was also principal clarinetist of the Wind Symphony and The University of Akron Symphony Orchestra.

        For two years at The University of Akron, Bethany worked on the undergraduate band staff for the band department, as well as led the game day staff for the marching band. Bethany was an active member of the UA Clarinet Studio, and was President of the NorthEast Ohio Clarinet Association throughout her last year. Bethany has also spent the past two summers working at Solon High School’s band camp as the clarinet, instructor, where she has gained valuable teaching experience.

        Bethany was accepted as a graduate student by The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, where she will begin her Master’s degree in the Fall of 2020. She hopes to obtain her Master’s degree, and then Doctorate, to one day teach a clarinet studio at the collegiate level as well as continue to perform.


Eldar Hudiyev is a native of Turkmenistan and earned his master degree in Violin Performance at the Boston Conservatory. Mr. Hudiyev has been a winner in numerous musical competitions. He enjoys an active performance career as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician and has been presented in numerous stage, radio and television appearances in different countries, including USA, Russia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine. His performances were met with positive critical acclaim. Mr. Hudiyev has performed solo engagements with the Fort Smith Symphony, West Texas A&M University Orchestra, University of Oklahoma Orchestra, Turkmen National Symphony, and Turkmen Chamber Orchestra. He has been an active member of the Bellingham Festival of Music Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Indian Hill, Turkmen National Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and other orchestras. He has been numerously held Concertmaster, Assistant Concertmaster and Principal Second violin positions.

        Among many, he has performed chamber music with the Amarillo Chamber Music Society, the Encore String Quartet, Interlochen Faculty String Quartet, Boston Conservatory Honors Quartet the Bellingham Festival String Quartet.

Mr. Hudiyev served as Concertmaster with the President Niyazov Violin Ensemble, has collaborated with multiple renown classical and non-classical musicians, and has performed for many heads of state, including the presidents of Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and France.

        Before moving to Austin, he was engaged with the San Jose Opera Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Monterey Symphony and Ensemble Monterey. He was Program Director of Youth Music Monterey County and served on the music faculties at the Orchestra in the Schools program and the Home Charter School in Monterey.

        Eldar studied with Catherine Van Hoesen, Lynn Chang, Felicia Moye, Victor Danchenko, Robert Lipsett, Annie Chalex, and Zinaida Akhmedjanova. Eldar Hudiyev currently performs on a 2016 Tetsuo Matsuda violin, generously provided on loan by Mr. Matsuda.




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